Book Reviews



Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi in Rain Taxi Review

Five Carat Soul by James McBride in The Millions

“In this story—and many of the other stories—McBride makes the blunt statement that in American politics, society, and culture, black bodies are expendable. They contribute to American culture, but they do not receive reparation or political and economic capital in return from the body politic…McBride’s fantastical surrealism expands the possibility for readers to consider the meaning of freedom in a mess of complex capitalist, racial, and religious dynamics.”


Whereas by Layli Long Soldier in Rain Taxi, vol. 22, no. 4


Sudden Death by Alvaro Enrigue in Rain Taxi, vol. 21, no. 3

The Radical Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life and Mind edited by Claudia Rainkine, Max King, and Beth Lofreda in Something on Paper, vol. 3, no 1


Review of The Mersault Investigation in Rain Taxi , vol. 20, no. 3

Streaming by Allison Hedge Coke on The Volta Blog

The Journey by Sergio Pitol in Bookslut

Musical Brain and Other Stories by César Aria in Bookslut

Everybody Suffers: The Selected Poems of Juan Garcia Madero in PANK

Texas: The Great American Theft by Carmen Boullosa in Bookslut

2666 by Roberto Bolaño in PANK Magazine


Salamandrine: 8 Gothics by Joyelle McSweeney in Bombay Gin, vol. 40, no. 1 

Roberto Bolaño’s Fiction: An Expanding Universe by Chris Andrews in Rain Taxivol. 19, no. 4

Cunt Norton by Dodie Bellamy in Rain Taxi ,vol. 19, no. 1

What Happened Here by Bonnie Zobell on Rain Taxi 

Neverhome by Laird Hunt in Bookslut

Unchecked Savagery by Glenn Shaheen in PANK Magazine

The Conductor and Other Tales by Jean Ferry in Necessary Fiction

The Conversations by César Aria in Bookslut

The Exiles by Matthew Kirkpatrick in PANK

OK Tony by Cyrus Console on The Volta Blog

The Whack-Job Girls and Other Stories by Bonnie ZoBell in PANK Magazine

Let Go and Let Go On by Tom Kinsella in Bookslut

What’s the Deal by Rod Smith in The Volta

Louis XXX by Georges Bataille, translated by Stuart Kendall in PANK

The Night Palace eds. Micah Ballard and Julien Poirier on The Volta Blog

Who Said by Jennifer Hecht on The Volta Blog